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  • Title: Mr. Midshipman Easy
  • Author: Frederick Marryat
  • ISBN: 9781404353879
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback

  • A timelesss tale of a midshipman s rise in Nelson s navy.Widely regarded as Marryat s best work, Mr Midshipman Easy is based on the author s adventures sailing with Lord Thomas Cochrane This classic seafaring tale is a fascinating account of naval life and warfare, of French prisons and love affairs, and of the midshipman s berth Marryat s ready wit, unforgettable charaA timelesss tale of a midshipman s rise in Nelson s navy.Widely regarded as Marryat s best work, Mr Midshipman Easy is based on the author s adventures sailing with Lord Thomas Cochrane This classic seafaring tale is a fascinating account of naval life and warfare, of French prisons and love affairs, and of the midshipman s berth Marryat s ready wit, unforgettable characters, and true to life details have earned him praise from Conrad, Hemingway, and Ford Madox Ford, who called him the greatest of English novelists.
    Frederick Marryat
    Captain Frederick Marryat was a British Royal Navy officer and novelist, an early pioneer of the sea story.For information, please see enpedia wiki Frederic


    Commentaires:

    Dominick
    I'm a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Not that I expected reading it to be a chore, but I read it more just to have a book on the go than out of any particular enthusiasm. However, I was very quickly won over by its satirical tone and wry humour--not to mention Marryat's fondness for puns. Many of these are amdittedly strained (he has more fun than he should with Easy's name, for instance), but I quite like bad puns, as a rule, as part of the punning humour, I think, is an arch self [...]

    Rachel
    Although he's mostly forgotten today, Marryat was a tremendously popular author of naval yarns who actually was a captain in the Royal Navy during the Golden Age of Sail. This book is the story of Jack Easy, a wealthy young man raised up to believe in a ridiculous version of equality - no one has to work, all property is held in common, the thief is equal to the philanthropist, etc I think the author was taking aim at republicanism with his satiric representation of Jack's philosophy. Of course [...]

    Kelsey
    This nautical novel focuses on the adventures of "our hero," Jack Easy. The story begins thus:"CHAPTER I - Which the reader will find very easy to read."I burst out laughing when I read this, and I was similarly amused by the whole novel. It is written in a whimsical style that includes references to the reader (e.g. "the reader will remember that"), humorous understatements/overstatements, ridiculous circumstances and a large quantity of blunt puns. For instance, after Jack Easy has literally f [...]

    Sylvester
    I wanted to hold off, but I couldn't help myself. I loved Jacob Faithful so much that I didn't want it to end. Well! I liked J.F. better, as it happens, but this book was great too, just a different dolphin. If J.F. reminded me of Dickens, Midshipman Easy reminded me of Henry Fielding (Tom Jones) and wasn't like Jacob Faithful at all. (I didn't mind. I love Tom. I'm trying to think how it was like him - just in that Jack gets in all manner of messes, but all with a heart of gold. Like Tom, he is [...]

    Kathryn
    A very amusing and entertaining read concerning how a young philosopher doesn't mix entirely well at first with the British Navy (for with everything, Easy prefers to "argue the point"). Captain Marryat has a delightful sense of humor, but I particularly found his three pages of moralizing in chapter XXI to be particularly interesting and REFRESHING. Captain Marryat's fiction was influencial enough to bring forth some reform in the Navy in real life. Now that's a true mark of successful literatu [...]

    Sherwood Smith
    Marryat, during his height, was at least as popular as Dickens. Socially, more popular. He began writing while still a captain, but when his books became successful, took to London literary life with gusto.Eminently readable, there are portions of this novel that will make modern sensibilities wince with the easy cruelty. An excellent evocation of life on a tall ship, and full of early nineteenth century adventure mores, this is a fun read.

    Carrie
    I was a little slowed down by the Tristram Shandy-esque origin story, but soon enough this picks up pace, and becomes delightful. I have to assume Marryat was inspired by Sterne, because the satirical aspect of this novel is by far the most entertaining part. At times, my jaw dropped, or I laughed out loud. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in quite awhile.

    Lynda
    Fun naval yarn about a boy growing up and learning the truth about Equality.

    Axslingin
    The adventures of a spoiled rich kid who had been brainwashed by his father into believing in the rights of man, a philosophy that could have easily been concocted in Frankenstein's laboratory as it was in the mind of his father. With a glancing blow to our forefathers, our hero, Jack Easy learns that life ain't fair, and you can't make it fair without infringing on the rights of man.The book starts off amusingly enough, reminiscent of Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat, mostly playing off t [...]

    Mike Franklin
    Mr Midshipman Easy was written 1836 about the Napoleonic wars, in which Marryat himself had served with some distinction, attaining the rank of captain before he retired. When Marryat first joined the Navy he had served as a midshipman under the famous Captain Thomas Cochrane; one of the inspirations for characters like C S Forester’s Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey. Add to that the fact that he was much admired as a novelist by the likes of Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and Earnest He [...]

    Christopher Taylor
    This is one of the first Napoleonic sea novels ever written, a tradition followed up by later authors such as CS Forester and Patrick O'Brian. Written by a Midshipman under Nelson who later became a Captain himself, this book tells the story of a radical midshipman whose leveling ideas and democratizing inclinations gets him into all manner of mischief and adventures.The book is written more or less as a comedy, and while I was looking forward to tales of sailing as seen through the eyes of a bo [...]

    Oismiffy
    Not sure what to say about this one. Certainly parts of it I enjoyed, but for the most it was just annoying and verging on the boring, as the main character wanted to argue pointlessly about everything.

    Johannes Kristian
    I really liked this book. This is the first book that I have read that is really naval literature and I liked it. The first chapter, entitled "Which the reader will find easy to read" set the tone somewhat, with dry humor, puns, and even some thought provoking comments.

    betty
    jack Aubrey's forerunner.just wish Mr. Marryat had continued the story of midshipman Easy in a series of books. Best fiction I've read in quite a while.

    Mark Wilson
    I know this is supposed to be Marryat's best work, and I also realize that the problems I had with it were because of where and when it was wrtten, but I found large parts of this book regpugnant. The adventures are pretty well written, although they presuppose a far greater understanding of sailing than I have, so many passages now fail for lack of that knowledge. The writing in general is only okay, although there are glimpses of effective humor.The part that I found most objectionable was tha [...]

    Jonathan
    I stumbled on this book while reading In The Kingdom Of Ice by Hampton Sides, which is an interesting book about the testosterone-laden attempts to reach the north pole, and the interesting characters involved. Sides mentions that a major character, George De Long, had been influenced by the books of Frederick Marryat, who had lived at the end of the 18th century. A quick search of Project Gutenburg produced several of Marryat's books, including this one.I was first surprised by Marryat's writin [...]

    Heather
    Most of the way through, this would have been an easy 5 stars. But, then it kept going and going and going, 4 stars.Other than dragging out too long, this was so fun! Plenty of adventures at sea and on land, endearing characters, and interesting philosophical ideas to think about. I love his phrase, "Let us argue the point!" :)

    David Eppenstein
    Unless you are a dedicated fan of fiction from the age of fighting sail and are moved to research the origins of this genre there is no reason to read this book. I hated this book. While it is true that the author was a friend of Dickens and is credited with either inventing or at least being an early contributor to Age of Sail fiction he is in no way in Dickens' class and his book hasn't aged as well as Dickens' work. Written in 1836 this book really showed its age. I found the hero to be utter [...]

    John
    An odd book. A self styled "philosopher" with an odd philosophy joins the navy to spread the truth. What follows is one mad cap adventure after another. There is a story but frankly it reads as random events that happen to this guy. It's funny. What happens is so unbelievable that it's worth reading about. Yet it also is a serious look at the British navy and its problems. And it's also a discussion of life and how it's held together. If you enjoy stories of the open sea, you'll love this. It re [...]

    Glen Raffel
    Entertaining work with a wry sense of humor. Became a bit preachy towards the end. Also need to get past the period racism and anti-Semitism to enjoy.

    Wendy
    Much enjoyed. The ideas held by Jack's father re. property held in common and challenging everything with argument are interesting and strangely modern. It's a bit of a shame when Jack repudiates these ideas and conforms. Also interesting is the concept of privateering which I wasn't aware of before. Ordinary seamen could become privateers which consisted of a kind of legalised piracy - attacking other ships, taking goods and money to finance future voyages. "Going on a cruise" also has new mean [...]

    Bruce Deming
    This story is hilarious. Satire and fun all the way. Jack Easy isn't so easy as a youth and drives his parents to distraction. Quite an unruly boy with a phrenologist father who tries to judge character by reading bumps on the skull.Jack upsets the household, gets sent off for schooling with a preist who basically tries to beat some sense into him and then unruly Jack gets sent to sea in an attempt to get him some disciple and face the real world. This is farcical and fun all the way. Lot's of l [...]

    Seth
    I'd been a fan of nautical fiction for quite a while before reading this. I suppose I didn't start it because I had a conception that it would feel stodgy and show it's age. I'd already slogged through James Fennimore Cooper's nautical fiction, which seemed terribly slow even though I generally enjoyed them.I needn't have worried about this one, though. The novel was entertaining and humorous right from the beginning, and maintained that tone throughout. The adventures were suitably adventurous, [...]

    Stephanie Ricker
    This is a fictionalized story of Marryat’s own experience in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic era. Obviously, this is right up my alley. Regrettably, though, I did not enjoy Marryat’s work nearly so much as the Horatio Hornblower books by C.S. Forester. Marryat actually lived during the time period, while Forester lived about a hundred years later; perhaps that has something to do with it. Or possibly it was the social satire axe that Marryat had a penchant for grinding. Either w [...]

    Caitlín (Ink Mage)
    Very different from any of the naval fiction I've read previously, and I can see why it's regarded as "Marryat's best work." Jack Easy is a unique hero, oft times acting almost silly in his views of the world, and yet always coming out on top. His naivety and cleverness together make him an endearing character, and although I usually enjoy first-person narratives more, I did like Mr. Midshipman Easy better thanPeter Simple .

    Chris Callaway
    A great seafaring yarn. The protagonist is a combination of Horatio Hornblower and Huckleberry Finn, and Marryat in some ways prefigures P. G. Wodehouse in his wry, comical sensibility. In fact, I had a hard time believing it was written in the 1830's; it seemed much more modern. Word of warning: Don't get the Bibliobazaar version. It's rife with typos, many of which affect the impact of the humor. I still really enjoyed it, but it would have been less distracting if it hadn't been typeset by a [...]

    Nat
    Should'va liked it. Didn't. If you're a fan of Patrick O'Brian books, don't bother with this one. It's a collection of interesting and fun tales, but it's far from good literature. Mr Midshipman Easy lands in improbable scrape after improbable scrape and always comes out ahead. That's fine for a kid's adventure book, but the superiority of conservative British protestant values is laid on a bit thick.

    Debbie Hoffpauir
    I'm not sure whether this book is really good or not. I absolutely love puns and any sort of wordplay. Marryat had me laughing out loud over some of the crazy double entendré and the lyrical quality of the prose. To me the story was entertaining, but the telling of the story is the joy of this book. There is a bit social commentary delivered tongue in cheek. I know what phrenology is because of this book. Entertaining.

    Aoife
    Sorry book but this isn't going to work. I've read about a quarter and just could not bring myself to care about the characters or where the plot is going. I did have to grin a few times while reading it but the majoritiy of the jokes where based on how stupid and divorced from reality Jack is and I hate these kind of jokes.I might give it another try later but currently I am defenitely not in the right mood.

    jallioop
    Not my cup of tea, did not finish. I perhaps didn't get far enough into the book, but I prefer more "nautical" in my nautical fiction. Instead I got philosophical escapades and a ship captain who seemed to let Jack get away with most anything. I was hoping for more naval action, but that seemed to be glossed over in favor of Jack's dissertations on equality and other silliness.

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